It’s 7.30 in the morning. Even though the crisp air is gently stroking your cheeks, you just can’t seem to fully wake up. And your feet, seeming to have a mind of their own, start taking you to your local coffee shop. At this point in your life, going to this coffee shop is an everyday operation.
You hear the ring of the bells hanging from the ceiling when you open the door. And just like every day you smile politely to the owner of the café, who takes a moment to smile back at you even though he’s taking the order of another customer.
And then you wonder. You’ve seen this man for years, yet you don’t even know his name. And his coffee shop, a place where you could walk around in the dark by now, still has something mysterious behind every tiny decoration. What are these objects that surround you nearly every day? How did the man who serves you coffee every morning even get there?
Stories of Barcelona tries to break that barrier between workers and customers by finding out the story hiding behind every counter. We, as hospitality students, are very fond of the people who manage to create unique, incredible businesses; and even though we thoroughly enjoy going to a store and just perusing around, we would much rather chat with the people who created such places. This is a hobby we’ve had for some time already and only now we’re putting pen to paper and actually documenting it. But we feel like some of these stories really are worth reading. And if you stick with us for a while, maybe you will think so too.